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irg ChrisUn WUeve'nae, which -eBeasaaw "r f " Gcaston. terbux TME MY9TCRY Of TttE YtLLOW P ACE- end W PERFUME apyriyht g y 77e YNOPSlS. CSfATTKS I. Consternatio to eaoesd Jh tl teat nlcht that the Opera to by Deblenoe and Pollen baoaua of I appearance of a ghoat, aald to bar in evld.no oa svral previous oo- wu. Later In the vnlng Joseph uut U feuad dead, having naaea air. . ' !tTAPTCn TTrtiHatlM Daa. Ntr of tb opara company, la oellad upon I a All a vary Important part and aoora , i t, great aucccaa. Count da Chacny and I krothar Raoul ara among thoaa who " i Uud tha singer. Raoul trie to aaa i uriaiine in ui arewna rwwi, -I . ... jl, Aaut iatp iiMiMn that 1 ana ia maklna- lova to bar. She on la making lova to oar. ' aiona. ana upoa afHanna.tuv ... H...1A I. ' CHAPTER IlX-Whlle tha farewell nMnaaiony for tha retiring manager If f on, tha Opara Ohoat .appears and ' , ia tha announcement of1 Buquet' 4aaa. Richard and Monoharmln, tha -w manager, ara than Informod of tha t urn In tha contract whlob atlpulataa I oat a certain aum ahall ba paid to tha t at and that boxNo. I shall ba ra IvaaTvad for him. CHAPTER IV. -Box No. I la sold with f?Mtroua results. Tha managers raoalv. t latter from tha 'Opera Ohoat calling at tention to tha arror. Tha box kaapar la 4utad In and g aa bar aspartate with te erbost. a CHAPTER V-Chrlstlne Daa writ ftaoul that aha haa on to rlalt tha f rev of har father. Ha goe also, and f tha night follow! her to tha church. Vaaderful violin mualo la heard. Raoul fj found next morning almost (rosea. , CHAPTER VL Vloncharmln and Rich. r4 Invaatlgata box No. i and decide to i the performance of "Faust" from aeoat seats of that box. , CHAPTER Vll.-Carlotta, who sings T!i leading part In Fauat, Is warned to 'oa tha part to Christine. Carlotta, r v uating, loses her voice In the middle of aoiig and the main chandelier craahea killing a woman and wounding CHAPTER VIII.-Raoul searches for f urlatine, who haa disappeared. He sees . at at last, but does not speak, and later. note la received from her making ar . ointment for a masked ball. . CHAPTER IX.-Raoul meets Christina t tha ball and aeea a person In the dls ' -Jia of Red Death, of whom ba m JeaJ. w -.. Ha hears her conversing with some Me whom she calls Erik. He makes his eance known and Christine vanish .fe-ugn a mirror. . CHAPTER XFUmut- visits Chrlsttn aad tell her he knows the name of the omii man t whom sh calls tha Angel t Muslo. Christine Implores him to for- t.M me voice ana tne name na heard. J CHAPTER Xt-Chrlstine' and Raoul bei tmm secretly engaged prior to a polar Myauugo mat naoui is to make. CHAPTER Xll.-Christln relates a rrnge advantur with tha nnseea Ertk 4 jpromlaes to run away with Raoul allowing night CHAPTER Xl!l.-Rabu! announces hi - usouuq m marrying Christine, which vooleases Philippe. In the midst of a ' xi-Corraanc the ataga Is enveloped In urknee4 and Chrtstin diaappeara. rrAPTER tXIV -No 'trace of her 1 r -wnd. .Moacbarmln and Richard behave .acI. . '-(."' A, CHAPTER XV.-Raoul archaa fondly t. tha, missing singer. ;,; r CHAPTER XVtTh Opera Ohoat de nos Ihe first Installment of hlsllovt and when It Is left at an appointed 6,.c tb aum myaurkjualy, disappears, - CHAPTER XVIt-The manager care t uy guard the seoond payment of the i't'e money, but it disappears from , chard's pocket white he and his partner x together behind locked doors. : CHAPTER XvilL-RaouV goe ta irh of Christine. He meets a my. .. tiuua person known as tha Persian. . T?4PTER XIX.-The Persian plan to r i iitioul in locating Chrldime and they . -.a access to a secret chamber. "All the door-shutters on the stage! "71 a commissary , of . police wants Steps were heard and shadows gild 1 through the darkness.' Tbe Per- -'an drew Raoul behind a set piece. T&ex saw passing before and above C am old men bent, by age and the ; let burden of opera-scenery. Some f.siM hardly drag themselves along; 'Jicrs, from habit.' 'with stooping todies and outstretched hands, looked tor doors to shut; They were the door-shutters, the ell, worn-out scene-shttters, on whom m. charitable management had taken tptty, giving them the lob of abutting 2oars above and below the suge. Tiey ; went about Incessantly, from top to bottom of the building, abut ting the doors; and they were also called "The draft-expellers," at least t that time, for I have UtUe doutt t by now they are all dead. Drafts c re very bad for the voice, wherever ' -y may come from. ..!.. The Persian and Raoul welcomed . t Incident,' which relieved them -of convenient witnesses, for some of " - door-shatters, having nothing i to do or nowhere. to lay their ' stayed at the opera, from Idle i or necessity, sad spent the night . The two men might have stum- ever themk waxing them hp and v.alng a requo't for explanation? r e moment, H. Mlfrold's Jnqulr i Cem from any such nnpleas- t i: jotmters. . " t tiey were not left r Delude for long. Other shades . -at down by the same way by . ih door-ehutters had goife up. cf tSese shades carried a lltle s 8 .'4 Esored It about, abo?, f :: .! all aroucd; as though looa 7 i etfclaa- or somebody. f "1 I Of -WC LADY- IN - bLACtt- o&b3:MerM Company "Hunt ill" mutt-red Ul' Persian, n don't knew wbat they r looking for, but ther might llj tlntfn. . Let us get away, quick! ' . .. . Tout hand up, sir, ready to Are! .' . . Bend your arm more . ." thafa it! . . . Hand t W of your eye, as though you were fight ing a duel and waiting for the word to fire! . . . Oh, !ea?e your pistol In your pocket Quick, some along, down-stairs. Level of your eye! Ques tion of life or death! . . . ' Her; this way, these stairs!" They reached the fifth cellar. "Oh, what duet; air, what a duel!" -Once In the fifth cellar, the Persian drew breath. " He seemed to enjoy, a rather greater sense of security than he had displayed when' they both stopped In the third; but he never altered the attitude of his hand. And Raoul, remembering the Persian's ob servation "I know these pistols can be relied upon" was more and more astonished, wondering 'why any one should be so gratified at being able to rely upon a pistol which he did not Intend to se! But the Persian left him no time for reflection. Telling Raoul to stay where be was, he ran up a few steps of the stalrcaso which they had Just left and then returned. ... , - "Hew. stupid of us!" he whis pered. "We shall soon hare seen the end of those men with their lanterns. It Is the firemen going their rounds. The two men waited five minutes longer. Then the Persian took Kaoul np the stairs again; but suddenly he stopped ' him with a gesture. Some thing moved In the darkness before them. . ' . "Flat on your stomach I" whispered the Persian. The two men lay flat pn the floor. They were only Just In time.' A shade, this time carrying no light, jxvst a shade In the shade, passed. It PMsed close to them, near enough to ,tih-them.;-''afi..;.r,-v .... " ', ' ':,.. .... They felt the warmth of Its cloak upon them. ' For they could distin guish the shade sufficiently to see that i it wore , a cloak which shrouded It from head tq foot, r On Its "head It Wt. soft feitra'i!' V. . , t Mf! moved :, away, drawing It.' feet against the walls and sometimes 'gitt ingra klpk corner, . , ,., . "Whew!" said thePersIatf. "WeTS had a narrow escape; that shade knows m and- has oe ,tken, me tQ the manager's office. '" l v' " " : "Is' it;eome .one. belonging? to jths theater police?": asked Raoul. " .. i Tit's : some one much ' worse than A Head of Fire Came Toward Them. that.!!; replied the Persian, without giving any further explanation. " -it's not- 4 her--. "HeTj, m ... If he does not come behlndV eshaU, Mwia ,jee, tlf , yeUow eyeal . '-LThat Is more or less our safeguard tonight. ... . But he may some from 'behind, ateal lngup; and wears dead men If we do not keen er hands as though about to fire, at the level of or syea. In front!" 't -..j fj . '; v . .- . The Persian had hardly finished shaking; when a fantastic face earns la sight . - . a whole fiery face, not only. two. yeUow eyes! ' Yes, a head of fire 'cams toward them, at a man's he'sbt, but with Tpo Jody aUched to IV '. The- face sb4d ire, l oked jfr'.the darkness Uks' ime Jshape as wni lace. "Oh." said the Persian, between Us : " ' 'Hi- 'Tnlh.''I-'have never seen this fcf to edoTfore!' . . . Pampin was not mad. after all; be had aeen It! . . . What can that Came be? It Is not he, but be may have seat ItU- . V . Tike, caret ... Take care! . . fv .r, l.';-.nd at the .level of your eyes. In heaven's name, at the level of your erssl ., I knew tnot of his rt tv Ifffl or yonr eyeei- 'Ai the. fi4 down long. r 4) that WW$fWPfr (1 After a learic: lewat-Rivai: hut t m to S them UAlhr&d S B f T tt 4i !'H' ktolsped. r"f ' " 1 , "He do4wi'i often come .this way,-UktWi'-tV'taiV This side tuia'tbtft. Ing to do with,. him. Thl side does hot lead to the lake nor to the bouse on. ih Jake; . ( But perhaps he knows" that yre kre at his heels , . . ailhc&d I frzxiioH tsa to' leare t:a alone' and" neier to meddle In his bua Bo saying, .be turned bis bead and Raoul also turned his bead; and they again saw the bead of fire behind their two-beads! It had followed them, And It must have run also, and perhaps faster than they, for It seemed to be .nearer to them. , At the same time, they began to perceive a 'certain noise of which they could not guess the nature. They simply noticed that the sound seemed; to move and to approacn wiu iu. fiery, face.. It was a. noise as though thousands of, nails had been scrapeoT against a blackboard,, the perfectly unendurable' noise that Is sometimes; made by a little stone Inside the chalk: that grates on the blackboard. They continued to retreat, but the fiery face came on, came on; gaining on them. They could see Its features clearly now. The eyes were round and staring, the, nose a Utle crooked and the mouth large, with a hanging lower lip. very like tbe eyes, nose and Hp of tbe moon, when tbe moon Is oulte red, bright red. r'Howid thai red moon manage to glide through the darkness, at s man's height, with nothing to support It, at least apparently? And how dld: It go so fast, so straight ahead, with And such staring, staring eyes 7 wbat was tbat scratching, scraping, grating sound which It brought with. It? The Persian and Raoul could re treat no .farther' and flattened them selves against the wall, not knowing what was going to happen because of that Incomprehensible bead of flre and especially now, because of' the uimi. awarmflno llvlns Mnn-. u,.w . -o. -. -..-r .A,,nl Trti tna via certainly made up of hundreds of lit tle sounds that moved In the dark ness, under the fiery face. And the fiery face came on . . . with Its noise ... eame level with them! ... , And the two companions, flat against their wall, felt their hair stand on end with horror, for they' now knew what the thousand noises meant They came in a troop, huatied along In the shadow by Innumerable little hurried waves, swifter than tha waves that rush over the sands at high tide, little night-waves foaming tint a rha vrinnri litis av tha MArv hoftfl that was Ilk. a moon. And the little'" tl waves' tmsaad between their tee, j t'emendous layer of cement and an- ?mm JZ i! irrJfut iv other wall several yards In thickness climbing up their ..legs,:-irresistibly,., D, lllT, . "... t. ,,', ., . At the Persians words, Raoul flung; dismay ad pain. Nor could they c6rtlnue 'to hold their; hands at the leveof their eyear their hands Went de v n to their legs to push back the Waves, which were fiill of UtUe legs d..,i r,A Pa.ni, n' ' B?1?tiW ready to faint, like Pampin tne nre- man. But the head ot fira turned l.'a:(k.h''Mi'i ani ' And be led him to tno ntue stair .ter;ti('.9rlss. and cage wMch had come tlowll spoke to them: . ,v . - . , 2? your ;s Sf SSLSi, -SS 3 tKafkni. T ' k" ViV ni .JraLaTi1 8 till they came to the W ' ;ind- the ZTXlXl r a? S aplshed in the darkness. whU. the : .1 'passage Js 'front, of, it lit ( ; ft n' n d t SSrSeSCS tern. Before ,o aa. not teoare tj. SiLoa . large die rata in front of him he had tm-ned, de r his dark lantern on himself, lig htlng.' scene was a aet piece. Between the scene and the set piece ukfc.ni, ue in lus usia oyavo m iiuut of him. And he Jumped along, dram r ging with him the wavea of scratch ing rata, all the thousand sounds. , Raoul and the Persian breathed again, though still trembling, "I ought to have remembered that Erik talked to me about the rat ; catcher," said the Persian.. "But he never told me that he looked like that . . . and It's funny that i; should never have met. him before.": . ,. Of course, Erik never comes to this part!" ' . '. "Are we very far from the lake, slrr asked RaouL "When shall we get thee? . . .' Take me to the lake, oh, take me to the lake! . . J, When we are at the lake, we will call out! . . . Christine wUl bear usf , And he will hear us, . tool s . . . And, as you know him, we shall talk to him!" "Baby!" said,: the Persian. "We ShaH nsVer' enter 'the house on -the lake y theMakel . w - I myself have never landed on the other bana; . ; . the bank on which the house stands. You have : to cross. J the lake first .... and It la well j guarded! -. . . I fear that more than ' one of those men eld scene- ' shifters, old door-shutters who have never been seen, again . wore simply tempted to cross the lake. . . . It Is terrible.. . . I-myself, would have ben nearly killed there ;. f t $ b nster had not recognised e . ."nvj- "One piece of ii- vice, air; never go near tfc lake. . f. i ad,; a?ove. all shift yourws lJ-ycfji hear the voice ainging Tinidt the wa te tha siren's, voice!" f'..i.t-tien,'what are we here forT" asked Raoul, In a transport ot fever, Imrstldce and rage- "If you can do not-'ing'far-ChrisUn'e.'at least let ft die for her!" Tbe Ferei&n tried to calm the young man. - ".V.fcY ?r. one rneans cf v the monster." , ,, ' -And Is there arc pe of t atrr . 1 'Si' .N . "Ah, If 1 J not ibAt'' fpv I wonid B0t have.k'MJ9 to ou:r "An4'bow,n ior. enter; V bo use on 10 uk ; witaout proaaiug - laker "From the third cellar, from whicn we were so unluckily driven away We will go back there now. , ,, , I will tell you." said the Persian, with k sudden Change la hi Voice, "I wiil tell you th exact place, sir; , it Is be tween a' et piece and a discarded scene from Rol de Lahore, exactly 'at the spot where Joseph Buquet died. , . Come, sir, take courage, and follow met And bold your band at the level of your eyes! . . , But .where are we?" ''.'' - The Persian 1ft his lamp again and flung Its rays down two enormous, cor ridors that crossed each other at right angles. i ."We must be," be said, In the part ii a d more nartlcularlr for the water- porks. I sea no fire coming from1 the furnaces." .'.'''. . . . ... ,-, He went In front of Raoul, seeking Ills road, stopping abruptly wain he -was afraid of meeting some water jman. Then they had to protect them selves against the glow of a sort of underground forge, , which the men Were extinguishing, and at 'Which Raoul recognized the demons whom Christine bad seen at the time of her first captivity. In this way, they gradually arrived beneath the huge cellars below the stage. . They must at this time have been at the very bottom of the "tub" nd at an extr&ieiy Vea't- depth, when we remember that the earth yas dug out at fifty feet' below the '-water that lay under the whole of ihat part of Paris. - . ' The Persian toucnea a partition wall and said; "If I am not mistaken, this Is a wall that might easily belong to the house on the lake." he was striking a. partition-wall of the "tub." and. perhaps It would be as twell for the reader to know how the "bottom of the partition-walls of the tub were built In order to prevent --j(,kv.. ..,, -urrniindlnsr tha building the " " w operations from remaining In imme diate contact with the walls support lng the wbole of the theatrical ma chinery, the architect was obliged to build a double case in every direc tion. The work of constructing this double case took a whole year. It was the wall of the first Inner case i that the Persian struck when speak ing to Raoul of the bouse on the lake. To any one understanding the archi tecture of the edifice, the Persian's action would seem to Indicate that - Erik's mysterious house had been built In the double case, formed of a 1 thick wall constructed as an embank- ejBgerijr, out uv.ucuu uvguug . , nothing,, , .. except distant steps sounding on the floor of the upper" por tions of the theater. ! The Persian darkened his lantern 'Xook out!" he said, "Keep your h' And -Itoncejl Tor we shiu ,,; , , ,s. try another way pt getting In. there was Just room for a body . .'. for a body which one day was found hanging there. The body of Joseph Buquet. The Persian, still kneeling, stopped and listened. For a moment, he seemed to hesitate and looked at Raoul; then he turned bis eyes up ward, toward the second cellar, which sent down the faint gummer of a lan tern, through, a cranny between two boards. This glimmer- seemed to trouble the Persian. At last, he tossed his head and made np his mind to act He slipped be tween tbe set piece and the acene , from the Rol de Lahore, with Kaoul close upon his heels. With his free .hand, the Persian felt the wall. Kaoul saw him bear, heavily upon the wall, Jqat as he had pressed against tbe wall in Christine's dressing-room. Then a stone gave way, leaving a hole Vtaf the ; wall. . , c .. (VTbla ' tinier the Persian took his pistol, from his pocket and made a alga to Raoul to do as he did. He cocked the pistol. And, resolutely, still on his knees, hie wiggled through the hde la the wall. Kaoul, who had wished to pass first, had to be content to follow him. The' hole was Tery narrow. .The Persian stopped almost , at once. Raoul heard .him feeling the, stones around him. Then the Persian took out his dark' lantern again, stooped forward, examined something beneath him and Immediately extinguished ts lantern. Raoul heard him say, ta a whisper: , , "We ahall have to drop a few yarda, without making a noise; taiie off your boots. Tha Persian handed his own shoes to RaouL '" 'I "Put them outside the waH.1 be said. "We ahall find them there when , we leave." - : ' v 'lie crawled a UtUe farther on bis i u liHdrcn - Cry. lP'.A Tbe lllud You Have Always Bought, ami wlilcli lias been n me tor ever SO years, lias borne tbe signature of sf tuid bas been wude under bis per- aonnl supervision since 1U Infancy, i-MSYY. 'UCA4tC Allow no one to deceive you in this. All Counterfeit, Imitations, nnd Jnkt-nn-good' are but j l:xerlments that trifle with mid endanger tbe beuitli of Infants and Children Experience against Experiment. ; Wht is GASfO R I A - Cojrtorla is a harmless subatltuto or Cantor Oil, Pare j jforlc. Drops and Soothing Syrups It Is Pleaaant. It , contains neitber Opium, Jlorphlne nor other Narcotio Substance, Jts age is Us guarantee. It destroys "Worms, and aUnys FeverisUncKs. - It cures Diarrbosa and Wind , tolic. It relieves Teetliing- Troubles, cures Cotlt!oa: and Flatulency. It asHiinilates tbe Food, regulates the ' Stomach and Ilowels, giving healthy and natural sleep. The Children's Panacea Tbe Mother's Friend. . , y GENUINE CASTORIA ALWAYS I Bears the In Use For Tkt etwrao eeMMav. rt anees, then turned right round and said: "I am going to hang by my bands from tbe edge of tbe stone and let myself drop into his house. You must do exactly the same. Do not be afraid. I will catch you In my arms." . Raoul soon heard a dull sound, evlr The Punjab Lasso!" He Muttered. dently produced by the fall of the Persian, and then dropped down, a ; ; He felt himself clasped In the Per Blah's arms. - "Hush!" said the Persian, i And they stood motionless, .listen ing.1 lt The darknes was thick around them, the silence heavy and terrible Then tbe Persian began to make play with the dark lantern again, turning the rays over their heads, looking for the hole through which they had come, and falling to find It "Oh!" he said. The atone has closed of Itself! And the light of the lantern swept down tbe wall and over the floor. The Persian stooped and picked up something, a sort of cord, which he examined for a second and flung away with horror. The Punjab lasso!" he muttered. "What is ltT" asked Raoul. The Persian shivered. . "It might Tery well be the rope by which the man was hanged, and which waa looked for so long." And, suddenly seised with fresh anxiety, he moved the little red disk of his lantern over the walls. In this way, he lit up a curious thing: the trunk, of a tree, which seemed still quite alive, with Its leaves; and the branches of the tre ran right up the valle and disappeared In the celling. - Because ot the smallness ofMthe luminous disk. It was difficult at firs to make oat the appearance of things: they saw a corner of a branch . . and a leaf . . . and another leal .. i and, next to It nothing at all nothing bnt the ray of light thai seemed to reflect itself. . . Kaooi passed his hand over that nothing, over that reflection. .. . - J HuIlo!" he said. ' "The wall U s iooking-glaas!" v"Ts, a looking-glass 1" aald , the Persian, la a tone of deep emotion Ad, passing the hand that held the pistol over his moist forehead, he added, "We have dropped Into the torture-chamber!" " What the Persian knew of this tor ture-chamber and what there befell him and hla companion shall be told OWB words, as set down in a manuscript which he left behind aim. una wuca i cocy wmuiu. 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